Traded in return for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick, Jay Ajayi found himself sporting midnight green in late October after being shipped out of Miami. Although it was unclear at first what a potential role would look like in the already crowded Bird’s backfield, Ajayi flashed his big play potential from the get go and also played a steady role down the stretch for the eventual Super Bowl champions.
In his second season as an Eagle, Ajayi could see his duties expand if impending free agent Legarrette Blount does not re-sign with the Eagles. In 7 regular season games with the Eagles, Ajayi averaged 10 carries and 58 yards per game. In the playoffs, the Jay Train logged 15, 18 and 9 carry games while dealing with a bit of an ankle injury. Ajayi also showed what he could do as a receiver, racking up 3 catches in both the Divisional and Conference Championship rounds. With what looks like the probable return of Darren Sproles and the emergence of Corey Clement, Ajayi’s passing role will likely be minimal heading into next season. It is reassuring to know though that he has the ability to catch the ball if need be, especially in today’s NFL.
If in fact Legarrette Blount does not return to the Eagles squad for the 2018 season, Ajayi could see himself in a role similar to the one he previously had in Miami. To say Ajayi was a beast in his time with the Dolphins would be an understatement, with his most notable work coming in his 2016 season. The Jay Train handled the rock 260 times and totaled 1,272 yards on the on the ground. Ajayi also eclipsed the 200 yard mark in not one, not two but three games! Ajayi’s time with the Dolphins in 2017 was marred by inefficient line play until he was eventually traded to the Eagles where that problem does not exist.
Although there is a lot of time between now and the start of the season, look for the Jay Train to showcase more of the damage he can do when the Eagles take the field in 2018.
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